Allahabad:17 May 2006 ANI
As medical students in Delhi continue their hunger strike against reservation, pro-reservation students and doctors took to street demanding implementation of reservation.
Holding banners and shouting slogans, protestors said that reservation is their right and they should get it.
"This is our right and we should get it. Some doctors of upper caste due to their personal problem are protesting against the reservation but this is unfair," said Dr.Phool Singh, a protester.
Students even announced that they would ‘ghero' Parliament on May 22.
"Today our protest is very normal but on 20th it is going to be a historic rally. Till the time our reservation is not implemented we will continue to protest. On May 22 we are going to do gherao of Parliament," said Ajit Yadav, president students union.
These students and doctors (pro-reservation) also criticised the anti-reservationists for claiming that reservation would lead to a compromise on merit.
At present, government-funded colleges have to allocate 22.5 percent of their seats to the so-called Scheduled Castes and tribal students, who are eligible for admission with lower grades.
The government's latest move proposes an extra reservation for the other backward classes.
Though caste discrimination is banned in India and punishable by law, lower caste groups still face prejudice, harassment and even violence in rural parts of the country and smaller towns.
OBC Vanniyar community leader demands implementation of reservations
New Delhi: Dr. S Ramadoss of the OBC Vanniyar community outfit—Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK)– today met the Central leaders to impress upon them the need to implement the policy of reservation to OBC in Centrally funded higher educational institutions as per the requirement of 93rd Constitutional Amendment.
"As far as centrally funded institutions are concerned like IIT, IIM and other institutions, we want an immediate legislation to provide for 27 percent reservation so that the benefit of reservation can be reaped by the students within this academic session," said Ramadoss.
He said that reservation is a national policy and it is enjoined upon the Government by the Constitutional requirement as enshrined in Article 340 and other provisions.
The medicos should not take law into their hands and dictate policies to the government, he said, adding that rather than going on the street and demeaning the nobility of the medical profession, doctors can discuss the issue with the government across the table.
"The present agitation of medical students in Delhi and elsewhere is uncalled for and it appears that it has been engineered by vested interests for their own purpose. They should realize that a large number of indigent and poor patients are put to hardship by their strike and that their agitation is against the directions of the Supreme Court that the doctors and medical students should not resort to strike," he added.
Ramadoss asked the government to initiate immediate action on certain matters like it should bring an enabling legislation to implement Article 15 (5), which provides immediate reservation in the unaided private institutions.
He also demanded an immediate legislation to provide for 27 percent reservation for the centrally funded institutions, to constitute an Expert Group comprising academicians, administers and constitutional lawyers and ask the Group to submit a viable proposal or mechanism for implementation of proposed reservation.
If the seats are increased, he demanded the government to enhance the infrastructure and allocate greater resources in the educational institutions.
Ramadoss said that an ordinance might be promulgated by the government as all the suggestions made are concretised and the ordinance could be ratified in the monsoon session of the Parliament.